219 N. Main St., Barre, 802-622-8051
An ingredient-driven pizza joint offers creative pies, seasonal burgers and a Barre take on brick chicken — the bird is pressed beneath a block of granite.
38 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 802-448-3361
A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every entrée at this steak and seafood restaurant. The tuna tartare is excellent. Sunday brunch.
87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 802-472-7126
Toppings for these handmade, thin-crust pizzas are sourced from area farms — try the Bruschetta pie, with white garlic sauce, a pesto swirl and balsamic reduction. At the bar, find 18 beers on tap and imaginative cocktails.
60 Lake St., Burlington, 802-540-0188
At this crêperie, try the Lovemaker, which combines strawberries and Nutella. Locavore salads, soups, fondue and espresso drinks are also on the menu.
150 Dorset St., Suite 215, South Burlington, 802-489-7827
Serving up sandwiches and local craft beer with a side of rock and roll, the “far-out” sub shop’s zany creations are informed by 1960s and ’70s cultural references. The Grateful Dave is layered with turkey, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, “cosmic sauce” and hot pepper juice.
1 Market Place #25, Essex Junction, 802-879-7111
Chicken — wickedly hot and otherwise — is the main attraction. Choose from 16 sauces, three levels of heat and seven types of dry seasoning on your wings. You’ll find burgers, falafel, salads and craft beer, too. Seasonal hours.
1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-4765
Specializing in seasonal comfort food and small-batch craft beer, this dog- and family-friendly brewpub comes with perks: an outdoor biergarten, lawn games and a fireside lounge.
1 Washington St., Middlebury, 802-458-8134
Farm-to-table American fusion plates — including mussels Provençal and wraps stuffed with chipotle-rubbed shrimp, avocado and herbed aioli — draw a diverse college-town crowd.
5 Bartlett Bay Rd., South Burlington, 802-658-2739
Visit the funky tasting room at one of Vermont’s original craft breweries for whimsically named brews such as the Circus Boy hefeweizen — plus grilled sandwiches, soups and salads.
733 Queen City Park Rd., South Burlington, 802-497-0202
Locals come for the beer and Old Post Burger — topped with bacon and blue cheese and drizzled with barbecue or Buffalo sauce — and stay for the live music. Two TVs flank a shimmering bronze horse sculpture.
22 State St., Montpelier, 802-229-0453
Step into a hip bar-trattoria for hand-tossed pizzas, Italian entrées, local beers and creative martinis. Live music on the weekend.
28 Walnut St., Williston, 802-876-7129
Traditional Tex-Mex dishes such as queso dip and carnitas burritos commingle with modern American plates of avocado toast and fried green tomatoes at this shopping-center taqueria. Check out the selection of fine tequilas.
716 Pine St., Burlington, 802-489-5102
The kitchen here takes its cues from global cuisines of the north. Slurp shellfish from the raw bar, or snack on fries with smoked pork and Korean pepper aioli. Weekend brunch.
1 Federal St., St. Albans, 802-524-0330
Plates at the family-friendly spot include loaded potato skins, roasted-beet salad and coconut curried mussels.
1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-6245
The Mexican fare includes hibiscus-glazed chicken and ancho-rubbed steak, along with tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Find dozens of tequilas at the bar. Local, regional and national bands hit the historic Rusty Nail club stage several nights a week.
44 Main St., upstairs, Montpelier, 802-613-3172
Dishes such as caramelized avocado salad, coconut gazpacho and a chorizo burger enliven a Latin-inspired menu. Sip a craft cocktail on the deck, or salsa dance in the upstairs lounge.
7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, 802-253-3560
Breakfasts such as cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal fuel mountain fun. At dinner, there’s lobster-and-truffle risotto and all-day braised short ribs in the elegant 110-seat dining room.
207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 802-540-6400
The much-anticipated South End location of Burlington’s grocery cooperative offers a robust selection of marinated meats and spit-roasted birds in addition to groceries and hot and cold prepared foods.
1 Lawson Lane, Suite 10, Burlington, 802-846-7446
Vermont’s first certified green restaurant cooks up breakfast and lunch favorites with a twist — think Belgian lime waffles and Philly cheesesteaks made with seitan.
388 Pine St., Burlington, 802-865-2368
A warehouse-size space stocks charcuterie, imported specialty goods, cheeses and breads. The glass-enclosed bar and restaurant serves small plates to complement the extensive wine list.
82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-861-9700
Choose from grab-and-go meals, side dishes, sushi, baked goods, signature sandwiches and salads — or make your own meal from the hot and cold bars.
69 Main St., Plainfield, 802-454-0133
The locally sourced pub fare includes hand-tossed New York-style pizzas, complemented by a long list of draft beers, specialty cocktails and wines.